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My Vodafone contract was due to finish at the end of this month and I have had my eye on the iphone since it first came out. I was adamant I wanted one! Vodafone quite kindly rang us the other day to say our contract was coming to an end and to inform us we were eligible for our upgrade now. We told them we were planning on leaving at the end of the contract and go for the iphone, the man from Vodafone told us he could get us a phone that is similar to the iphone, with similar actions, layout, applications etc on a cheaper contract with free texts and internet access. We went away, thought about it and when he rang back we said thanks but no thanks, as I said I was adamant I wanted an iphone. Anyhow the man got back to us again with an even cheaper monthly contract and a free Bluetooth headset, the phone he was offering was the HTC Magic. This time we put some real thought in to it and looked the phone up on the internet and checked out the reviews. After reading up on it I decided to go for it - a hard decision to make!
So we upgraded over the phone and the new phone and headset were delivered the very next day - we were extremely impressed with Vodafone, the level of customer service and the speed of the upgrade!
Anyhow on to the phone, I opened the box and have to say it was love at first sight. Inside the box were the phone, a case, a charger, a USB cable, a wired stereo handset, 2GB microSD card, a battery, a pouch and the user manual.
One thing that struck me was how girly it looked. Mine is the white one. It is slim and has only 7 buttons: the Trackball, search button, end call/power button, back button, menu button, home button and call button on the front and a volume button on the side. There is a small camera lens on the back. The screen is large enough to see everything clearly.
I never look in to the technical info too much when looking for a phone but here it is,
o 3.2 megapixel camera
o Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 2.0/mini USB 2.0
o Internal GPS Antenna
o 3.2" HVGA Touchscreen Display
o Powered by Android
o Google Search
o Google Maps with latitude
o Google Mail, You Tube, Calender
o Android Market
Easy of Use;
This phone is the first phone I have had where I have ever bothered to read the user manual. It is easy enough to use but because it was such a big difference between this and my last phone I thought I had better figure out how to use it properly. I found it to be so easy to come to terms with, the hardest thing about it was going from texting on a phone keypad to touch screen typing but I'm getting better at doing that everyday!
I personally think this phone is great looking, and nearly perfect for what I wanted it for which is using the internet on the go. The camera is good enough for me and the sound quality, from my experience so far, is great. I love the applications that are available and the fact that I can download child friendly apps is great, I even have a toddler application that my 1yr old can play with! There are plenty of applications available such as: games, multimedia, lifestyle, entertainment, finance, shopping etc. Being able to budget your finances and log your family activites for the month in one place is a real bonus!
The Bluetooth is rubbish, I haven't been able to send or receive things via Bluetooth yet and that's not for lack of trying! (What is the point in the free Bluetooth headset!). The internet can be slow and obviously you cant sync it with your itunes account! The YouTube application takes a while to load and it can be frustrating waiting to watch the videos. The battery life doesnt last very long and I find myself charging it either everynight or every other night.
Overall I am getting on really well with this phone, I don't know if its as good as or even better than the iphone because I never got one, but it is cheaper and Im guessing it does the same things. Great for texting and browsing the internet and offered on a cheap contract! I would definitely recommend it.
Ooh, I love this perfume. By far my favourite!
The Story & Smell....
Georgio Armani Emporio Armani She/Elle is one of the originals from the Emporio Armani collection. It was launched in 1998 and comes in 30ml, 50ml or 100ml bottles. I have read that it is classified as a floral oriental fragrance and possesses a blend of oriental fruit, jasmine and heliotrope with low tones of cedar, vanilla and musk. I can definitely make out the vanilla and musk, the rest I just have to believe what I read!
Price & Quantity...
I think it is priced a bit too highly to be used as casual everyday wear at about £48-£50 for the 100ml, £28-£30 for 50ml and £22-£25 for 30ml. Sure this is cheaper than Chanel - then again what isn't? But it is perfect for going out/evening-wear. It has a really distinguished smell, every time I catch a whiff of it, be it when I am wearing it or if I smell it on someone else I am taken back to pre-baby days when I would wear it out to the pubs, I get some great memories of getting drunk, trying to dance and falling off the bus at my stop! Good times!
Wrapping & Bottle...
It comes in a funky silver wrapper with the name and designer printed in bold black lettering. When you take the wrapper off you will find a sophisticated rather plain looking silver box and then inside is the perfume. The bottle is like a bronzey-gold colour and to spray the perfume there is a soft gold push button at the top, the perfume comes out in the usual style and you don't need to apply much to get the distinguished smell!
If you're a man looking for a perfect fragrance to buy your girlfriend that is a bit expensive, designer, in a good bottle and has a sexy smell then this is the perfect perfume for you. If you're a woman who likes to have a distinguished smell on the evening, one that lasts then this is for you. Obviously every perfume/aftershave smells different on different people but I know a few people who use this and it still smells gorgeous on them. If I was to describe the smell I would say it smells like sexy talc, kind of musky but in a good way! (thats probably an awful description, don't let it put you off!)
What I love about it...
Im 27 now and still have a bottle in my perfume drawer that I wear on special occasions, I have been using it since I was 18. I would say you could wear it whatever your age. It brings back some memories of days gone by and I love the fact I can smell it on me hours after I have sprayed it. I don't get a chance to wear designer stuff much now most of my money is spent on childcare and nappies but I love the fact that I can afford something Armani! My favourite Christmas present by far, I have used my 30ml bottle sparingly and it has managed to last a year (but then I don't get out much these days!).
One of the many things I dreaded when I found out I was pregnant with my first child was the potty training. I had heard so many people say how awful it is, how hard it is if they are boys and the thought of running around all day cleaning wee (and other such) of carpets was enough to make me want to cry!
My son was 2yrs and 8months before he came out of nappies. I knew he had to come out of them before he was started school but I was more than happy to let him stay in them until then! I was 7months pregnant with our second child when my first son finally decided to let us potty train him. And when I say let us, I mean it really was a decision he made all on his own.
I tried to get him out of nappies when I was just 5months pregnant with my second child. I figured this way we would have enough time to get settled before baby comes along. So I went out and I got the usual things, pants, potty, child's toilet seat, How To Potty Train in a Week book, pull up nappies, bed cover....everything I thought I needed. My first 3 mistakes are obvious 1) I didn't include my son in any of the potty training build up, 2) I got plain pants and 3) I assumed it was all about me being ready!
My son took no interest in the potty training and he spent a week wet, wetting or being bathed because he had wet. Horrible start to a horrible process! I gave up after that first week!
I decided to put it all out of my mind; I read the How To book and came to the conclusion that my son just wasn't ready. So I left it, about 2months later I was out shopping and just happened to pick up some Go Diego Go pants, some Buzz Lightyear stickers and a reward chart. When I got my son from Nursery he came home and saw the pants and stickers and asked what they were for. I explained to him the pants were for big boys to wear when they are finished using nappies and the stickers are for big boys who are clever enough to use a potty. He stripped off there and then, sat and did his business on the potty and asked for a sticker...I just stood there gob smacked! It really was that quick and easy to get him to take the first step! That first day went great; he used the potty, got his sticker reward and was happy to have his pants on. The next day he had a few accidents but we persevered and he got better and better as the days went by. He was still wearing a nappy at night but was having fewer accidents during the day. The reward chart worked wonders and giving him control over what sticker he had and where to put it proved to be a real hit. I eventually went out and got more pants with different characters on so he could choose whom to wear on what day. After the first week we had successfully moved out of nappies during the day and he was waking up dry in his nighttime nappy.
Unfortunately we did start to experience a few problems, my son is tall for his age and the potty was becoming awkward to use, he didn't feel ready to use the big boy toilet so we had to find an alternative. Eventually we went for an all singing potty training toilet, it looks exactly like a normal toilet but is portable and sings. He LOVED it, it cost quite a bit of money but the results were amazing. The only problem then was I had to keep going up and down the stairs to empty his potty when I was 8 and a half months pregnant!
About a week later he was going to bed with no nappy, we found the best thing to do was lift him on to a toilet before we went to bed and he didn't wet the bed at all.
If you are about to potty train, or it's going to come up in the future here are my tips from my own experience:
1) Wait until your child is ready, don't try to do it when you are ready or you will have more accidents and it will take longer for the child to do
2) Keep your child involved with the preparation
3) Explain everything to your child
4) Get a reward chart and stickers of your child favourite TV programme/toy
5) Give your child control over something, like what sticker to pick/where to keep the potty
6) Keep the potty in one place at all times, I suggest in a corner somewhere where you can see them but they have a bit of privacy
7) Be aware that actually potties aren't always the best to use, look for children's toilet seats or toilets that sing!
8) Lift your child every night before you go to bed
9) Try to have patience with them if they have an accident just try to keep them involved in the cleaning up stage
10) Don't use pull ups, either take your child out of nappies or leave them in. Any middle ground can be confusing
11) Wait until your child is old enough to understand instructions and tell explain things to you
I am still dreading having to potty train my youngest son, I will be using the winning methods that helped my first but the thing I have to remember is that every child is different and it has to be done when they are ready and not before.
I'm not really a lover of ice creams and hadn't even bothered paying attention to the advert for this ice cream until my sister in law pointed it out and said she wanted to try it (the ice cream that is). So next time the advert came on, I watched to see what all the fuss was about. I do love chocolate, especially chocolate brownies and after watching the advert, I was drawn in hook, line and sinker...I wanted one and I wanted one NOW! We went on a trip to the nearest Tesco store (which isn't actually very local) and I managed to get my eager hands on a multipack.
Let me explain what it is:
The Magnum Temptation is the newest member of the Magnum family. It comes in two choices, the Temptation Chocolate or the Temptation Caramel & Almonds. I have only tried the chocolate one so that is the basis for this review, after all why have caramel on chocolate when you can have chocolate on chocolate?
So the Chocolate Temptation is basically chocolate ice cream mixed with white chocolate chunks, chocolate brownie pieces, chocolate sauce and finished off with the thick magnum chocolate covering.
I got mine from Tesco's, they were on offer £1 for a multi-pack of 3. However, this multi-pack is now £3.46. I'm unsure how much they cost individually. I have only seen them sold in multi-packs.
I was so impressed with the packaging. The outer multi-pack packaging is all silver and black, very sophisticated. Made me realise these were definitely a treat for Mommy and not for the children! Then the individual ice creams, well its like opening a Christmas present! They come in their own silver and black box with a special little release tab to open them...how exciting!
The actual "Ice Cream":
I wasnt so impressed when I saw it, after opening the amazing box (what a great idea), I was left with a tiny ice cream (not such a great idea!). I could feel my hopes of a chocolate rush floating away. I tried it and I have to say I was impressed again. Size really does not count with this ice cream (besides there were another 2 in the multi-pack if it 1 wasn't enough!). The cover chocolate is thick and lovely to bite through, it cracks just like it does on the adverts and because its so thick, once you have bitten in to it, it wont fall off the rest of the ice cream. The chocolate ice cream itself is thick and creamy and the white chocolate chunks are actually chunky so you know when you are eating one. The only bad thing is the chocolate brownies are hard to distinguish because they aren't in chunks, more like little bits and there isn't much chocolate sauce but then I think if there was much more it would be too sickly.
I paid £1 for a pack of 3 so for under 40p each these ice creams were great value for money and a real treat, I couldn't finish one all to myself and although I said they weren't for the children I ended up giving half of mine to my 4yr old son. They are very chocolate-y and I would class them more as a pudding than an ice cream. They are expensive if they aren't on offer and they don't have chunks of brownies in like you are lead to believe. Iwould recommend trying them, a great treat but not something you could have everyday!
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We took our son to Drayton Manor in May last year. We had heard about the new Thomas Land and thought it would be good to see what he thought.
Drayton Manor is based in Staffordshire near Tamworth. As well as having a Theme Park it has a Zoo and is open from March to November, 9.30am - 6pm. It has a Thomas Land designed especially for young families with 12 Thomas the Tank themed rides, an indoor play area and a Thomas shop. There is the main theme park, complete with everything you would expect from thrill seeking rides to spinning, make yourself sick rides. The more popular ones include Apocalypse, Shockwave, G Force and Stormforce 10. The Zoo has over 100 species, it is well kept, clean and in my experience the animals look as healthy and as happy as animals can look when kept in a Zoo.
Drayton Manor also has the usual gift shops, restaurants, picnic area, arcades, sweet shops, ice cream stalls, fair stalls and all toilet facilities including changing facilities for babies. I'm not sure if they were prepared to warm baby bottles or baby food up as we took our own flask.
The prices are a bit high but there are always offers available in newspapers, the internet, supermarkets or in coupon books.
Adult Ticket = £25.00 (Adults are classed as 12+)
Child Ticket = £21.00
Older Person = £12.00 (60+)
Under 4 = Free
Disabled person + Visitor = £19.00
3 Family Members = £60.00
4 Family Members = £80.00
5 Family Members = £100.00
Adult & Toddler = £15.00 (toddler is child under 4)
Grandee & Toddler = £12.00
We paid the Adult and Toddler price twice, so once for my son and his Dad and once for our newborn child and me. This works out cheaper than buying 2 adults tickets. We made a saving of £20.
We visited the park in school time so there were less school age children there but because the Thomas Land was new there were quite a few parents and toddlers there. Having said that we hardly had to queue and if we did, it wasn't for very long. We found the park to be clean and very baby friendly, offering places to breastfeed or bottle feed young babies.
We mainly used this area as our son was only 3 at the time, he was big enough to have a go on every ride and although they are made for younger children they are exciting and fast and definitely provide huge fun factor. We spent most of the time at this part of the park. It is colourful, clean, plenty of places to keep undercover, well spaced and fun to be around. The Thomas theme helps the children to identify with it and feel more confident trying the rides. Parents are allowed to ride with children.
My son found this entertaining to walk around, he was enthralled by all the animals and enjoyed hearing the names and trying to spot them through the fences. I always get the impression Drayton Manor is a theme park firstly with a Zoo thrown in. Its not the best Zoo, not worth making a special trip for but worth seeing if your there anyway.
Main Theme Park:
Obviously we couldn't use this area too much because its not very toddler friendly. We did go on a few rides, mainly pirate themed ones but they were lacking in colour and fun after being in the Thomas Land. On previous visits I have always found this area fun and the log flume Stormforce 10 is great.
We took a picnic and after seeing the price and quality of the food they serve we were pleased with our choice. They have a burger bar, pizza place and a restaurant (as well as a few food stalls!). The picnic area is at the entrance to the zoo and very relaxing, nice benches, good view. I would recommend taking a picnic!
Drayton Manor has a beautiful lake in the middle of the park, which provides nice scenery. The park itself is clean and the only hill is the one at the main theme park entrance. It is mainly flat and easy to navigate around.
Drayton Manor is a great family freindly place to visit as a family or with a group of friends. I would recommend going when everyone is at school and always look for vouchers or money off. Its not Alton Towers, but if you are after a place to entertain toddlers you cant go wrong. My son was so tired when we left, he slept all the way home and kept shouted out "weeeeee" in his sleep! He had a great day and I cant wait to take him back.
I have had 2 children now, both hospital births and looking back I can see that I was no-where near right when packing the hospital bags. Sure I checked all the lists available, the Mothercare one on the catalogue, Babycentre one on their website, Bounty one, all the ones in the magazines! I found the first time I didn't have enough clothes for baby and the second time I didn't have enough clothes for me! Both times I didn't take in enough snacks or anything to do when baby was asleep and no visitors were allowed. So here is my list, hope it helps someone, somewhere, somehow:
Labour & Birth Bag
This bag is all about you and your birthing partner, pack enough to last you a day and be prepared for clothes that will get wet if you labour in the birthing pool.
~ 3-4 thin nightdresses that are a bigger size so they are easier to get on and off
~ Maternity bras
~ A box of Maternity pads
~ A change of clothes for your birthing partner
~ energy bars
~ energy drinks
~ Snacks and drinks for your birth partner
~ Bananas (a great source of energy)
~ Crosswords or something similar for your birthing partner to do
~ Lip Balm, gas and air will make your lips very dry
~ TENs machine
~ Digital Camera
~ Spare batteries
~ Change for parking
~ Your Green Notes
For You, After the Birth:
Always pack with the thought that you could stay in there for a few days, I used to pack thinking I would be out in a day - never happened yet!
~ 2-3 Changes of clothes, pack clothes that are big, comfortable and not restrictive in any way!
~ Your purse, so you can buy TV time or snacks
~ Maternity Bras
~ Breast pads
~ Tooth Brush
~ A sensitive body wash
~ 10pairs of large, cheap knickers that you wont mind throwing away!
~ Light dressing gown
~ Bottle of juice, you will only be offered water or tea on the ward
~ Mints or sucking sweets
~ Crosswords/magazines to do inbetween feeds
Again, it will be best to pack for baby with the thought you will be staying in for a few days
~ 5-6 sleepsuits, I found I went through 2 of these a day
~ 5-6 vests
~ Whole pack on nappies - you just never know how many you will need
~ Cotton Wool - normally supplied at the hospital but best to be prepared
~ Coming home outfit
~ Nice blanket - for photo opp
~ Socks if the babies outfit doesn't have them
~ Warm jacket/snowsuit if its cold outside
~ Hat but that is optional
Don't forget the car seat!
I gave birth to my first son after 90hours in labour and an assisted birth. Joshua was born at a huge 8lb 10oz. We got him home and thought the next few months would be blissful - we were in for a big shock.
For the first 2weeks Joshua was such a good baby, I breast fed him for the first feed but after that I was so exhausted I could hardly hold him let alone feed him so, as dreadful as I'm sure some people will think it is, I bottle fed him. He took to it all like he had been doing it forever and we had no problems getting the milk in to him, getting the wind out became harder as the days went on but I was assured this was normal and told to just persevere.
Literally 2weeks to the day he was born my sweet little baby boy turned in to the spawn of Satan himself, he would cry constantly from 6pm till 9pm and nothing could soothe him. The Health Visitor said it was colic and not to worry it is perfectly normal, I was told to give him Infacol with every feed because it would help to bring his wind up. This seemed to only make him worse! Our dream of bliss soon turned in to a nightmare and as is with all newborn babies my son would only want me to hold him. We tried soft rocking, lavender candles, cold milk, warm milk, infacol, detinox, classical music, walks around the block, car drives, walking him up and down the house, holding him in every position imaginable, lying him flat...everything and NOTHING helped. It really was just a case of waiting it out. One night he went from 5pm to midnight and it was that bad we phoned the NHS helpline and ended up taking him to Primary Care, when we got there he stopped and fell asleep. This was the worst day and sticks in my mind quite clearly. It is the only time I broke down crying and had to leave Joshua with my Mom.
It is hard enough having your first child, you feel so alone and a complete wreck physically and emotionally but to have to deal with a baby with colic adds so much extra stress. I became withdrawn and couldn't hold conversations with people, I couldn't make any decisions and felt like a robot. After 2months of dealing with the awful screaming and being unable to do anything to help I went to see a different Health Visitor who suggested something called Colief. I was willing to try anything and went to the pharmacy to buy it straight away. It cost about £10 for a ridiculously small bottle, my Health Visitor said to get it on prescription but I would have had to wait to get an appointment so I just paid full price for it. You have to put two drops in every bottle an hour before they drink them and I think it breaks down the lactose in the milk making it easier to digest. I'm not sure if it was the Colief or the fact that Joshua was getting over it anyway but his colic started to abate, he was bringing more wind up and rather than having the 3hour crying sessions every night they were now 3-4 times a week - hallelujah! By the time Joshua a bit over 3months there was no more colic attacks and we had all started to breathe easily again and enjoy being new parents, normality had been restored!
When I found out I was pregnant with my second child people always asked if I wanted a boy or a girl, my answer was always the same....I just want a baby who is healthy and doesn't get colic. Luckily for us, the second one didn't get it.
If anyone is dealing with this I would suggest trying Colief (get it on prescription) and just keep in mind it will stop eventually. The hardest part is not being able to take the pain away. Joshua is 4 now and he is as healthy as can be, the only thing that might be a side effect is that he is a Mommys boy through and through...not the worst of side effects!
Asda's clothing range is known called George and they stock everything you could need for the people in your house. Women's clothes, Men's clothes, Boys Clothes, Girls clothes, Baby clothes, pyjamas, shoes, underwear, coats, bikinis, slippers etc.
I have to do my Asda shopping online because the temptation to spend in Asda at the clothing section is too much to deal with. The clothing is such great value and you really can find anything you want in there. Having two children who both go to school or nursery I constantly need clothes that aren't too expensive and that I wouldn't mind if they came home covered in paint or glue. George is perfect for this, providing me with cheap but still well made T-Shirts, joggers, vests, outfits, socks and much more. The baby clothes are excellent prices and have cute designs. George stock the latest children's TV character clothes such as Sportacus, Ben 10, Disney, Marvel Superheroes and Thomas and much cheaper than other children's clothes shops. There is a difference in the clothes quality when you look at say T-shirts from George and those from Next, but then you get what you pay for and George clothes probably last just as long as any other leading clothes retailer.
The women's clothes are suitable for all ages and you can find anything from work-wear to every day fashion. The underwear comes in the basic sizes, I doubt they go up very high and again you pay for what you get, the quality or fit is no-where near that of La Senza or Brazissimo but then neither are the prices.
I find George to be cheaper and stock a wider range than the other supermarkets clothing ranges.
My favourite buys so far from George have to be 1) the children's joggers, only £2 a pair and perfect for a sports kit or to have a game of football in 2) swimming costumes, I had a plain black one, it cost me something like £4 and I used it when I was pregnant, 3) my maternity bra, these are in other shops for more than £10 per bra, I got mine form George for under £5 and it does exactly the same job as the more expensive ones!
George is now available to buy online from the Asda website so there is no hiding from it anymore. Overall George is a good value for money, fashionable clothing range and well worth a visit when you are in Asda doing a shop.
The Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser is perfect for sensitive skin. It hydrates your skin all day leaving it softer and smoother.
Its always hard to find the right moisturiser for your skin type. I have always struggled with thick moisturisers because they tend to cause spots, then the ones with anything scented in or coloured or any extra-added ingredient just sting.
A friend recommended the Simple range and I have never looked back. The fact that the moisturiser comes in two different types s perfect, you can pick if you want the rich replenishing one or the light hydrating one. I always go for the light hydrating moisturiser because I have sensitive skin. I use it every morning before I put my make-up on (probably not the best time to use it!). It really does make my skin smoother and softer and feel hydrated - until I over it with foundation that is.
This moisturiser is boxed individually and comes in a 125ml bottle, it is obviously from the Simple range as the bottle is typical to their usual packing, mainly white with green patterns and black writing. The cap is green and easy to remove. Although it's a small bottle it will last for quite a while because you wont need to use too much on application. The cream is white and fragrance free. It can be a bit expensive to buy considering how small the bottle is but they do last. If used with the Simple cleanser and toner the whole effect leaves even softer and hydrated skin but it can be used on its own.
Overall, a great light moisturiser if you have sensitive skin.
The Maclaren Quest is a lightweight and comfortable pushchair. Providing enough padding to support your baby from 3months. It has reclines using the bars on the side and lifting them and is easy to put up or fold down using your feet if your arms are busy holding baby.
Design of Pushchair:
The design is very simple but works so well. It now comes in different types either Sports or Mod and comes in a wide variety of colours and patterns. There is a small netted basket at the bottom of the pushchair that is perfect to keep the rain cover or umbrellas in. The handle to push it is padded and soft to grip. The harness is easy for an adult to clip in but not so easy for a child to use! There is a small net holder on the back of the hood, perfect for mobile phones, dummies or purses. Toys can easily be attached using the bars on the side and the hood is detachable, perfect if you take it on holiday. The wheels are small but strong and generally all push in the right direction. To fold it down you only have to push a small bar on the side with your foot then lift the central bar at the back again with your foot then drop the handles down. Probably sounds more complicated than it actually is.
I have had this pushchair for 3years now. I picked it up from Halfords at the ridiculous price of £50 and it is still going strong today. I have never had any problems with it, it is easy to clean or just wipe down, comfortable for the children and great to take shopping because it doesn't take too much space up in the boot. This really is a wonderful pushchair and I would definitely recommend buying one to anyone with children.
The only bad point I can think of is the price, I couldn't believe how expensive they are but at the same time if they last so long it's worth paying the price. Plus I wouldnt use this from birth or even at 3months, maybe when baby can sit up un-supported, because then they are a little bit stronger and the padding is just right for that.
If your looking for a pushchair then this is the one to buy, an all round winner that can be used anywhere, anytime and on any floor surface from sand to carpet! It is so lightweight you can carry it up stairs if needed very easily and has a handle on the side making it even easier!
Toy Story was released in 1995. It was made by Disney and Pixar and was ahead of its time in the fact it was made using 3D animation.
Toy Story concentrates on what toys get up to when left alone. The main characters in this film are Andy's 2 favourite toys Woody the Cowboy and Buzz Lightyear the Space Ranger. Andy has had Woody for years and his whole room is dedicated to being a Cowboy, Woody has pride of place on Andy's bed and is the most popular toy in the room. Then its Andy's birthday, a terrible time for the toys in Andy's room because it means new toys and the chance of being replaced. Woody is the first to re-assure all the toys that Andy wouldn't replace any of them. Unfortunately for Woody Andy gets a Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger for his birthday, the most sought after toy out there! Buzz soon replaces Woody on the bed and becomes Andy's favourite toy to play with. Woody has to deal with being pushed behind and coming in second place. Woody tries to get Buzz lost but ends up knocking him out of the window much to the other toys disgust! Andy takes Woody to the Pizza Planet with him, Buzz was watching from where he landed in the garden and manages to sneak on to the car before it pulls off. Buzz and Woody fight and both fall out of the car at the petrol station and the rest of the film follows Buzz and Woody on their adventures as they try to get back to Andy before he moves house. They realise the only way to do this is to work together and soon become great friends.
The characters are wonderful and being toys children can relate to them easily. The colours on the film encourage children to pay attention. The film isn't too long so children wont get bored half way through but is long enough to tell the story properly. The classic toys are in there, such as Mr Potato Head and Slinky Dog. Woody's voice is Tom Hanks and Buzz Lightyear's voice is Tim Allen and they fit perfectly, you couldn't get better actors to play these parts.
I can't think of any apart from the fact I have had to watch it so many times over! My son did used to get a bit scared of the toys in Sid's room but then he did start watching it when he was about 2.
This is a child friendly film, great characters and a great story line. Easy to relate to and the 3D animation make it original. I would also recommend watching the extras; the short Pixar films that they put on their DVD's are a real treat.
The Gruffalo is a children's story book following a Mouse who "took a stroll in the deep dark woods". During his stroll he meets an Owl, a Fox and a Snake and all invite him to lunch, tea or a feast with the intention of eating him. The Mouse has to think on his feet and give the other animals an excuse, one that will change their mind about eating him. He comes up with the Gruffalo, to each animal he describes the Gruffalo in different ways and explains that they are his favourite food. The other animals get scared and run off leaving Mouse to continue on his stroll further in to the woods. The Mouse then meets a real Gruffalo whose favourite food is also Mouse! Thinking on his feet again our friend Mouse tells the Gruffalo he is the "Scariest Creature in this Wood" and proves it by leading him back to Fox, Owl and Snake who run at the sight of the Gruffalo.
My son loves having this book read to him before he goes to bed, the story is easy to grasp and because it rhymes children will be able to memorise the word easily. The pictures are great and story appropriate, perfect for little imaginations. It can be a little bit scary, my son had 1 Gruffalo nightmare to date, not too bad considering he has had the book read to him everyday for nearly a year now! It's a great present to buy for a child and can be kept forever. The illustration on the cover is eye catching and the covers themselves are easy to wipe clean. Little hands can rip the pages. The characters and story line are easy for children to relate to andit is a great way to encourage children to think on their feet like the Mouse.
An all time children's classic. I would definitely recommend buying for children who love to have stories read to them!
Little Tykes Rocking horse comes in various colours and is made from strong plastic. It is low enough for children to climb on and off with places to put their feet when they are rocking, a comfortable plastic seat and easy to grip handles. The horse design includes a tail and face but nothing that stick out that can hurt a child. It is very safe to use, no sharp/dangerous points or corners and the seat has a back so children wont fall off when playing on it.
These rocking horses can be found in most large toy shops and are already put together so when you buy it its ready to play on. It's from 12months plus and can really be used and enjoyed at this age (possibly even younger by those bright sparks who walk before they are 1). They come in different bright colours; so far I have seen red, pink, blue and green and can be used indoors or outdoors. There are no bits that can be taken off or swallowed.
My friend gave me this for my first son when he was 1, 3years on it is still going strong and my youngest son who is now 1 loves riding it. My children have never experienced any problems climbing on or off it and they are both aware that it is a rocking horse from the moment they see it. It has faded a bit with age but no where near as much as I would have expected and it is still obvious what the colour and design is. They are great value for money and actually not too expensive to buy. The only problem we have ever had with it is my nephew was rocking quite roughly and banged the front of his mouth/nose on the top of the horses head and had a nose bleed, this was his fault for being so rough and he was always more cautious after. We keep ours outside on the grass and the children it is played by all children who visit, we even caught my 10yr old cousin on it playing pirates with the younger kids.
A great buy, encourages active play. Very robust, safe and colourful!
Most shops that you see on the High Street have websites and offer you the chance to shop online. If a certain shop doesn't offer the chance to shop online chances are they will soon. You can shop for anything, groceries, medicines, clothes, children's toys, DVD's, CD's, gift experiences etc.
To shop online all you have to do is type in the website address of the shop you want to shop at, or if you don't know it then Google the shops name, and take if from there. Most of the online shops are pretty self explanatory and when you find a product you like you just have to add it to your basket, when you have finished browsing go to the checkout, enter you delivery address details, your payment details and then just sit back and wait for the courier/postman to do the hard work of delivering your shopping. More often than not you will have to pay for delivery unless they have a free delivery promotion or are shopping at one of the very few companies that do not charge. . The delivery charge can be a bit off putting so always check if there is a collect in-store option or if there are any free delivery promotions on. Don't be put off by the fact that there are no store assistants to help out, there are always help lines, help sections and email addresses that you can use to get the answers to your questions
There sometimes seems to be more special offers available when shopping online or are at least advertised more clearly than there are in shops, sale sections stay on certain websites all year round and you only have to select the size you are looking for rather than search a whole rack of clothes trying to find it.
My online shopping experiences:
I have been shopping online for 4years now, pretty much since I had my first child. I find it easier than having to drag my young children around shopping centres, I don't have to queue up, struggle with bags or deal with angry/unhelpful people. I have never encountered any problems with companies taking too much money out of my account, have not yet experienced (fingers crossed and touch wood!) credit card fraud and have always found it easy to return an item or report an undelivered item.
I frequently shop online for Christmas presents and find I am more likely to get something unique by doing this. I have been able to find out of the ordinary things you just don't normally find in shops. If you are lucky and have a good search before you commit to buying you can sometimes find promotional codes that will give you an extra % off your total shopping bill. My favourite part of shopping online is that it is so much easier to compare prices!
Hints & Tips:
1) When you know where you will be shopping Google the words Promotional Codes and check out the results to see if there are any codes out there that will give you either a % off or free delivery
2) Use Cashback websites every time you shop and eventually you will earn a decent amount back
3) Compare prices with other websites
4) Use moneysavingexpert.co.uk for details of any special offers
5) Have a separate credit card with a low spend limit so then you can keep an eye on what goes out
6) Leave delivery instructions telling the courier where not to leave an item as well as where they can leave it
7) Always check for a Sale section or Special Offers
The advantages of shopping online:
~ Wide choice of items
~ Easy to compare prices
~ You can read reviews before buying
~ Delivery is done for you
~ Promotional Codes
~ From the comfort of your own home
~ Can more often than not save money
The disadvantages of shopping online:
~ Delivery costs can be quite high
~ Risk of credit card theft/fraud
~ No helpful staff on hand
~ Can't get the feel for a product before buying it
~ If ordering for a certain date there is always a chance it won't arrive
~ Miss out on the whole "Shopping Centre experience" (not sure its really a disadvantage but it can be nice to actually visit one during the Christmas period)
Overall I find it worthwhile doing 80% of shopping online and that last 20% yourself in the shopping centres
The Bullseye Horse is taken from the Disney Animated Film Toy Story. He is Woody the cowboys trusted steed. The toy is a soft toy that comes in a lovely sable brown colour. He has a brown leather saddle with leather golden stirrups, velvet tail. He comes with the Disney stamp on one of his large hooves. He has an animated face with a big smile.
This is the perfect addition to the Toy Story collection, he is soft and easy to hold. He looks exactly like the character on the Disney film and the Woody doll fits very well on his saddle. He is hard to find in any shops and I only found him on the internet at www.disneyshop.co.uk. A bit expensive but something that can be put away when he is no longer played with for younger children. There are no hard bits on him so he can be played with from a young age. The saddle is held on to the sides of his body by stitches that will eventually come un-done if played with a lot, but the saddle wont come as it is stitched on in other places and you can easily repair it.
He is stronger than he looks and can be hand washed. A perfect toy for a Toy Story 2 fan and even better if they already have the Woody figure.